The Village Theater at Cherry Hill

The Village Theater at Cherry Hill's 2016 season offers something for everyone from
contemporary dance to treasured American classics in its 400-seat venue.  

February, the month for Sweethearts, President birthdays, and Groundhog predictions...whether he sees his shadow or not it is still cold OUTSIDE and you need something to do INSIDE.  Come on out to the Village Theater for some great music!

Upcoming Performances

John Latini & Jamie-Sue Seal   Smokin' Sleddog Records
February 12,

Broadway Valentine  Michigan Philharmonic
February 13,

Ben Daniels Band  
February 20,

PCEP Dance Team Showcase
February 26,

Ben Daniels Band

When Ben Daniels decided he was going to be a musician, it was more than a career choice. A natural poet, this young songwriter went to school on Bob Dylan, Robert Johnson, and Jack White, among others. His lyrics speak directly to a younger generation that hears, sees, and thinks about the very things he’s writing. From their opening song to the finale of their set, the Ben Daniels Band cuts through with their originality, musicianship, and a sound that spans Americana, Blues, Jazz, and Rock. Son of actor, Jeff Daniels, Ben is a natural on stage with Tommy Reifel on bass, George Merkel on guitar, Wesley Fritzemeier on drums and mandolin, and singer/songwriter Amanda Merte on vocals. BDB’s live show never fails to take over the venue. Their songs become anthems with arrangements that pull people inside their sound. With five CDs under their belts, the Ben Daniels Band has grown to be a formidable group that sounds pleasantly familiar, yet unforgettably unique.
ALL SEATS:  $15.00

Get your tickets today!  


TICKET PURCHASING:  Tickets can be purchased, and printed at home or held in will call, anytime from our website at no extra charge.  The box office is open for walk-up service (please ring the call box at the front entrance if the door is locked) between 10 am-2 pm weekdays.  Tickets can also be ordered over the phone, 734/394-5300 ext. 3, with a Visa or MasterCard between the hours of 10 am-2 pm weekdays, or you are welcome to leave a message and our staff will return your call during our 10 am-2 pm, weekday box office hours.  If tickets are available, they can also be purchased 1 hour prior to curtain.
ART EXHIBITION AND FACILITY TOUR:  Please visit our monthly art exhibits, take a tour or purchase tickets in person any weekday (except national holidays) between 10 am-2 pm. Find a complete list of monthly exhibitions here.
TEMPERATURE:  The temperature in the auditorium is set to be between 68 and 72 degrees.  Patrons who find these temperatures chilly are encouraged to dress accordingly or bring a wrap.

Juana Moore
Juana Moore
Artist: Donita Simpson

Gallery @ VT

Photographer Donita Simpson
"Spirit of Detroit" 

Donita Simpson, a resident of Royal Oak, Michigan, spends her time photographing established and emerging artists in Metro Detroit.  She explores the artists, their studios and the newly created environment that exists between the artist and the photographer.
The Detroit Artists Project began in 1993 with photographs of artists and fellow photographers.  Over the years the series has grown to include painters, ceramists and musicians, and includes many artists of stature.  The project has come to symbolize the spirit of metro Detroit… the old and the new, the simple and the complex, the quiet and the exciting, which emulate the nature of the city as it explodes in rebirth.  The project continues to depict the artist community that lives and creates with The Spirit of Detroit.
Ms. Simpson has exhibited her work internationally and continues to show her work widely.  Recently, her portrait of Gilda Snowden (included in the show) has been chosen as a finalist in the Outwin- Boocheever Portrait Competition where it was chosen from 3000 images to hang in The National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute for a period of one year, it will then travel the country for an additional year.  Her work is in the collections of the Tweed Museum, Visual Studies Workshop, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Detroit Institute of Art and several private and corporate collections.
Simpson earned an MFA in photography and an MEd from Wayne State University.  She has served as an adjunct professor of photography at both Marygrove Collge and Wayne State University in Detroit.  
Artist Statement:
The portrait is a human interest story. It is at once a window and a mirror for the artist. It is timeless and novel, it is ever changing. Portraits are wonderful and precious. They command our attention, we look at them again and again, and we are captivated and motivated by them. We are always interested in portraiture.

My goal is to create an image that speaks of the intrinsic nature of the subject rather than a public persona, to portray an individual by capturing the incidental details of place and time to expose nature and essence. I approach each photographic endeavor like a conversation. I don’t always know where it will lead but I am a willing participant. Often the conversation is one sided, all about the subject, but many times the conversation is not about the subject at all, but as I move through the conversation I try to connect, to identify with, to understand or empathize but occasionally I even escape. The conversation often produces something fascinating.
- Donita Simpson


Exhibition Dates:  February 2 – 28, 2016

This art exhibit is at the Gallery@VT and is free and open to the public: 

Monday – Friday 10 am – 2 pm, one hour prior to and during public performances at the theater, as well as by appointment.  The Gallery@VT is closed on holidays.

The gallery is located at 50400 Cherry Hill Rd., Canton 734/394-5300.

Workman Elementary School Choir

Cultural Events

Canton held its annual Martin Luther King, Jr. program on Monday January 18, 2016 at the Village Theater at Cherry Hill.
We had a great turnout as 300+ patrons came out to enjoy musical performances by the Workman Elementary School Choir under the direction of Keri Mueller, song and dance by Kelsey Rose and the Detroit Tap Repertory, and an Interfaith Speakers Panel discussion about Dr. King and his influences on our lives and our faith community.
Awards were given to Middle and High School MLK art contest winners:

Middle School – 1st Place, “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” by Nicole Janovsky
High School – 4th Place, “Where We Are Now” by Madilyn Johnson
High School – 3rd Place, “Eggsactly Racism” by Leah Hailey
High School – 2nd Place, “Love is Love” by Maddie Johnson
High School – 1st Place, “Hand-in-Hand” by Samantha Tomiko

Chinese Spring Festival is our next big event!

Date:  Saturday March 12, 2016
Time:  7:00 – 9:00 pm
Pre-show Displays and Reception:  6:00 – 7:00 pm
An evening of Folk & Classical Dances by metro area dance schools, brilliant vocal performances by renowned Soloist Shuping Ma, the Michigan Chinese Choir, Canton Philharmonic Choir, March Wind Choir, and AM Choir of Ann Arbor and more.  Our special program will also feature pop music by the Desert Island Band, Yo-Yo performance, and a Guzheng performance. Plymouth Canton Chinese Learning Center and Michigan New Century Chinese School will also feature cultural displays in the lobby.
Tickets are $5 and are available online, in person at the Village Theater box office M-F from 10-2, or by phone: 734-394-5300 x3. 
The Chinese Spring Festival performance schedule is fully booked; if you would like to participate in planning for upcoming multicultural events please contact: Anne Jahn, at The Village Theater for more information 734/394-5300.

Maryann Dettmer

Usher of the Month 

We would like to take this opportunity to recognize one of wonderful ushers, Maryann Dettmer. Maryann always shows up to volunteer with a positive attitude and is always willing to assist the House Managers with late seating for our sold out crowds!

Maryann is also one of our magnificent marketeers, who are responsible for distributing marketing materials around Canton to promote our upcoming shows. She has a very giving heart and doesn’t mind braving the cold to get the word out about our fantastic 2016 season! Maryann, its volunteers like you who make this theater thrive! Thank you for all you do! The Village Theater would like to honor you this month as “Usher of the Month” for February 2016!

Around Town

Canton Leisure Services Is Hiring!

Looking for an exciting job this summer? If you enjoy a fast-paced, exciting work environment, we encourage you to join our Canton Leisure Services team.  Open positions may include: Lifeguards; Swim Instructors, Special Event Coordinators; Canton Sports Center staff; Day Camp Counselors; Therapeutic Recreation staff; Golf/Park Rangers; Seasonal Operators and Laborers; and more!
View a current list of job openings here. Applicants are encouraged to apply early in the process.

Summit 20th Anniversary Community Celebration

The entire Canton Community is invited to join us in celebrating 20 years of our great facility on Sunday, February 28 from 1:30-6:00 p.m.  Stop by the Summit on the Park, located at 46000 Summit Parkway, to partake in all the festivities including fun "Under the Big Top" for children in the gym with carnival games, a magician, and more from 1:30-4pm! There will also be a free open swim from 1:30-5:30pm. Free food and refreshments will be available as well (while supplies last), plus raffles and giveaways (including the chance to win an Annual Individual Membership).
All ages are then invited to the Summit Re-Dedication Ceremony beginning at 4 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom followed by special entertainment featuring: Dueling Pianos, refreshments, and a cash bar.  Free entry to the building will be available during these times.  With all the festivities planned for our special community celebration, there's sure to be something for everyone.  Come help us celebrate 20 Years of health, wellness, and family fun in the Canton community. Find additional information here or by calling 734/394-5460. 

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